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The Year In Pop — From Iceland And Lebanon

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The Year In Pop — From Iceland And Lebanon

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The Year In Pop — From Iceland And Lebanon

The Year In Pop — From Iceland And Lebanon

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The Icelandic singer-songwriter Mugison performs in Los Angeles. Mugison had one of the most popular songs in his home country this year with "Stingum Af." i

The Icelandic singer-songwriter Mugison performs in Los Angeles. Mugison had one of the most popular songs in his home country this year with "Stingum Af." Michael Tullberg/Getty Images hide caption

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The Icelandic singer-songwriter Mugison performs in Los Angeles. Mugison had one of the most popular songs in his home country this year with "Stingum Af."

The Icelandic singer-songwriter Mugison performs in Los Angeles. Mugison had one of the most popular songs in his home country this year with "Stingum Af."

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Whether you wanted to or not, you probably heard the songs that ruled the U.S. charts this year. Weekends on All Things Considered is exploring hits from top pop hot spots around the world. In November, music journalists from Hong Kong and Senegal weighed in on the year in music. Now, guest host Rebecca Sheir finds out what's popular in Reykjavik and Beirut by talking to critics Matthías Magnússon and Samir Wahab. They each pick three songs that best represent the music scenes in their cities.

2011 World Playlist: Iceland And Beirut

Cover for Haglél

Mugison

  • Song: Stingum Af
  • from Haglél
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Cover for Brostinn Strengur

Lay Low

  • Song: Brostinn Strengur
  • from Brostinn Strengur
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Cover for My Head Is An Animal

Of Monsters and Men

  • Song: King and Lionheart
  • from My Head Is An Animal
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Cover for Daw L Baladiyyi

Adonis

  • Song: Daw L Baladiyyi
  • from Daw L Baladiyyi
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Cover for Aasfeh

Zeid and the Wings

  • Song: Aasfeh
  • from Aasfeh
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Cover for Strange Places

Lazzy Lung

  • Song: On Standby
  • from Strange Places
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